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How We Age

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2015

From DNA damage to cellular miscommunication, aging is a mysterious and multifarious process.


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Wrangling Retrotransposons

By Michael Van Meter, Andrei Seluanov, and Vera Gorbunova | March 1, 2015

These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.


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Evolutionary Rewiring

By Ruth Williams | February 26, 2015

Strong selective pressure can lead to rapid and reproducible evolution in bacteria.


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Indian Grad Students on Strike

By Jef Akst | February 25, 2015

With a promised pay hike delayed, thousands of Indian PhD students launch protests in New Delhi.


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FDA OKs 23andMe Test

By Kerry Grens | February 20, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration will allow the personal genomics company to resume a disease-risk analysis.


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USDA Approves Genetically Engineered Apples

By Jef Akst | February 16, 2015

Apples genetically modified to resist browning can be commercially planted in the U.S., the government ruled last week.

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Finch Findings

By Jenny Rood | February 12, 2015

Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.

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Methylation Predicts Mortality

By Kerry Grens | February 3, 2015

A study finds a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span.


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Book Excerpt from Women After All

By Melvin Konner | February 2, 2015

In the introduction to his latest book, author Melvin Konner explains why he considers maleness a departure from normal physiology.


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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2015

Touch, The Altruistic Brain, Is Shame Necessary?, and Future Arctic


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